Plymouth City Council is considering making around 300 job cuts as the authority sets a 3 year budget to try to save tens of millions of pounds.
It's one of the options revealed in papers to be discussed by the council's Cabinet - which on top of recent £30 million pounds of cuts, is now looking to make another sixty four and a half million pounds of savings.
Plymouth City Council is banning payday loan websites from advertising on billboards and bus shelters.
It's thought to be the first local authority to take the step to "protect residents from sky high interest rates that lead to spiralling debt".
Computer access to 50 of the most popular payday loan websites is also being blocked across the council's entire network, including in libraries and community centres.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, cabinet member for co-operatives and community development at Plymouth City Council, made the announcement on Monday.
The Public Accounts Committee estimates that 5000 people in Plymouth have payday loans.
Plymouth's advice agencies are taking calls daily from people who are running up huge debts that are causing stress and hardship to them and their families. We need to protect people and make it difficult for payday loan companies to operate in our city but we do recognise times are hard. We are working with our partners to make credit union services more easily available in the city centre, this is an affordable lending option for people that won't trap them with massive interest rates.
– Councillor Chris Penberthy, cabinet member for co-operatives and community development at Plymouth City Council
Plymouth City Council's initiative is really welcome and represents a constructive first step in combating the unacceptable face of the financial services industry.
– Steve Meakin, money advice co-ordinator for Devon & Cornwall and the chair of the Institute of Money Advisers
Plymouth City Council made the announcement about potholes repair work at its budget meeting on Monday (25 February) night. The money will be spent over the next decade. It also announced total budget cuts for the year of £18 million. Council tax will rise by 2%.